Figure

Figure

about 1850
Culture
Haida
Country
Canada
figure
Argillite, abalone shell, and walrus whiskers
Native Arts acquisition fund
1947.284

Haida artist, Figure, about 1850. Argillite, abalone shell, walrus whiskers; 13½ x 4 x 2¼ in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1947.284

Dimensions
height: 13 1/2 in, 34.29 cm; width: 4 in, 10.1600 cm; depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.715 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

This piece was carved out of a soft black stone called argillite. Beginning in the early 1800s Haida artists created a new art form primarily for sale to non-natives but based on long-established principles of Haida art. Over the years, figures, pipes, and plates became increasingly complex in their surface adornment and openwork sculptural forms.

Known Provenance
Purchased 1947 from Erich Kohlberg by the Denver Art Museum